Social Issues


Slight majority oppose prohibiting gender identity discrimination - 365 participants

Jan 15, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill to prohibit gender identity discrimination. In the bill, HB 478, "gender identity" is defined as "a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior," regardless as to whether it differs with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth. The bill also defines how gender-related  or transgendered identity may be proven. Read more about this issue here. On January 15, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity?” 

Do you support prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity?

Gender Identity Discrimination New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 356 participants gave 1,495 responses.

A total of 86% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 356 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,495 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 110 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 56% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

  • “Current laws are sufficient. We don't need an individual law for anything that could be discriminated.”
  • “No. I don't think boys should play on all girls teams or use their restrooms.”
  • “Anti-discrimination laws must be based on things that are out of person’s control… otherwise you are creating a law to tell people how to think and you cannot force people to like another person’s decisions.”

 Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 44%, were in favor of prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

  • “Current laws are not sufficient to provide either protection or equal rights. Transgender people are not looking for special treatment, just the same treatment and protections provided to everyone else.”
  • “The only way to get and maintain the best and the brightest is offer protection from discrimination. New Hampshire's future depends on it.”
  • “It is not okay that trans people can be fired from their jobs, denied housing, and denied medical care just because of who they are.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Transgenderism in general: “Actually gender dysphoria itself is not classified as a mental illness - what is classified as a mental illness is the depression/anxiety that comes with it.”
  • Other types of discrimination: “How is religion not a choice?”
  • Gender: “There are only two genders: biological males and biological females.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 


Jesse Edwards
- Auburn

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 9:00am

It's a shame that the NH situation has gotten lost in national politics. The NH Commission for Human Rights already accepts complaints related to Gender Identity. They've updated their online complaint form to make it more obvious. The truth has taken a bad beating.

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Related Bill

HB 478 (2017)
Bill Status: Tabled in the House
Hearing date: Feb 21, 2017

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